Washington (CNN) - More Americans name government dysfunction rather than anything else as the top problem facing the country right now, according to a new national poll.
One-third of those questioned in a Gallup survey released Wednesday say that dissatisfaction with government and elected representatives is the top issue ailing the nation. That's the highest percentage for government dysfunction in the nearly 75 years Gallup has been asking the question.
The poll, conducted Thursday through Sunday, comes with the parts of the federal government shut down due to an impasse between congressional Republicans and the White House and Democrats over the budget and the new health care law. It also comes as the country faces a deadline next week to extend the debt ceiling and prevent a government default.
The 33% who cite government dysfunction as the nation's top problem is double the 16% who said the same thing in Gallup polling last month.
"This almost certainly reflects the current upheaval in Washington and party leaders' inability to agree on a way to fund the government or avoid a possible government default," says a release by Gallup.
Nineteen percent of those questioned say the economy is the country's top problem, with 12% saying unemployment, another 12% listing the deficit, and an equal amount saying health care. This is the first time since 2008 that an economic issue was not at the top of Gallup's list.
The poll also points to a slight partisan divide.
"Democrats (36%) and independents (33%) are somewhat more likely than Republicans (23%) to mention dysfunctional government as the most important problem facing the country, perhaps reflecting partisans' differing views about the role and importance of government," says Gallup.
The Gallup poll was conducted October 3-6, with 1,028 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.